Foden, Rice score first England goals in 4-0 win vs Iceland
Nov 19 2020
Phil Foden scored twice as England eased to a routine 4-0 win over 10-man Iceland yesterday as both sides wrapped up their Uefa Nations League campaigns in Group A2 with only pride to play for.
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Phil Foden and Declan Rice scored their first England goals in a 4-0 victory over Iceland on Wednesday to complete their Nations League campaign and the pandemic-impacted worldwide footballing year.
Southgate said Premier League must reconsider its position on limiting clubs to making only three substitutions per match as injuries mount amid a congested schedule.
Rice, Mount and Foden thus follow in the footsteps of William Cobbold, Oliver Whateley and Frank Pawson, who all got on the scoresheet against Ireland 137 years ago.
'I think it was great for the public to get a glimpse of that and they were surrounded by some excellent professionals and those senior players have been outstanding, in the last couple of months in particular. There were a couple of less serious injuries against Belgium but what do we do? "The expectation here is to try to win, and there'll be lots of areas where we're competing against the flow, but we've got to make sure the bits that we can control we affirm on, not unreasonable, but firm, and fair across the board".
Belgium finished five points clear at the top of League A Group 2 and will meet world champion France and former World Cup winners Italy and Spain in the final four next October.
"I also have huge empathy with the club managers". They are their players firstly and they have the right to play them as they see fit, he added.
The hosts got off to the ideal start when Tielemans fired them ahead in the third minute, beating his Leicester City team mate Kasper Schmeichel with a grasscutter from outside the penalty box that squeezed in between the Danish goalkeeper's outstretched arm and the post at Leuven's Den Dreef stadium. The so-called smaller clubs think it would put them at a competitive disadvantage. However, Southgate said that he understands the pressure Premier League managers are in as it is not a two or three clubs title race any more.